Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"Give a Child a Book of Hope," by Darcy Pattison is featured on the CBC Diversity blog


Darcy Pattison, author of SAUCY AND BUBBA (Mims House), a modern Hansel & Gretel story featuring characters with an alcoholic stepmother, recently wrote a very interesting guest post for the Children's Book Council's CBC Diversity Blog

Called "Give a Child a Book of Hope," Ms. Pattison focuses on the issues brought up in SAUCY AND BUBBA. We hope you will enjoy it.

Ms. Pattison's new book, BURN: MICHAEL FARADAY'S CANDLE (Mims House), just released today.



Friday, February 5, 2016

Stephanie Calmenson's OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP: A YES-AND-NO BOOK reviewed in Booklist


"Highly recommended" is Booklist's conclusion in their review of OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP: A YES-AND-NO BOOK (Holiday House), by Stephanie Calmenson and illustrated by Abby Carter.

As Stephanie Calmenson's school visit Skype chats are highly recommended as well, Schools interested in having Stephanie come speak to their students should contact Balkin Buddes



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Elaine Scott shares news about Beverly Cleary

Elaine Scott, who wrote the ALA Notable Children's Book BEVERLY CLEARY'S RAMONA: BEHIND THE SCENES OF A TELEVISION SHOW (HarperCollins), just shared with us HORN BOOK's 2/1/2016 notice about Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday:

We hope you get a chance to see the March/April 2016 issue of Horn Book to enjoy their reflections on this beloved author.

Elaine Scott is also available for speaking engagements. For details and to book her, just contact Balkin Buddies


Monday, February 1, 2016

Eloise Greenfield wins the AmTrak Pioneer Award from the Washington Wizards and Amtrak


The Washington Wizards and Amtrak® Recognize Leaders of Three Community Organizations in Honor of Black History Month.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Amtrak Pioneer Award was created by the Washington Wizards and Amtrak to honor African Americans in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who have made outstanding contributions to the greater D.C. community. During halftime at the Wizards vs. Philadelphia game on Friday, February 5, the Wizards and Amtrak will present the awards to Eloise Greenfield, author of such titles as the Coretta Scott King Award winner AFRICA DREAM (HarperCollins) and the Coretta Scott King Honor book THE GREAT MIGRATION (HarperCollins); Linda Goler Blount, President and CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative; and Selvon Malcolm Waldron, Executive Director of Life Pieces to Masterpieces. They are each pioneers in their own right, and their ongoing efforts to uplift their communities continue to enrich the Washington, D.C. area. 

Please join us in congratulating all the award-winners, but most especially to Eloise Greenfield, who has brought joy to innumerable young readers.



For information on booking Jan Spivey Gilchrist for a school visit, go to Balkin Buddies.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lesa Cline-Ransome's and James Ransome's MY STORY, MY DANCE is a 2016 Notable Book for a Global Society



This award list is sponsored by the Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association, and each year the NBGS Committee chooses 25 books from all levels (pre-K to grade 12) that reflect the broadest diversity and celebrate a wide variety of voices and topics.


Please join us in congratulating Lesa and James, and if you would like one or both of them to come to your school to talk about their books, just contact Balkin Buddies.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Elaine Scott's OUR MOON reviewed in School Library Connection


School Library Connection (formerly Library Media Connection magazine) recently gave Elaine Scott's OUR MOON: NEW DISCOVERIES ABOUT EARTH'S CLOSEST COMPANION (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) a really nice review and recommendation and we thought we'd share it with you. Schools considering asking an author to come speak to their students may find this especially interesting:

"Scott, Elaine
"Our Moon: New Discoveries About Earth’s Closest Companion
"2016. 72pp. $18.99 hc. Houghton Mifflin Company. 978-0-547-48394-8. Grades 4-6
"Folktales and legends draw readers into this informational book about our moon. They learn about ancient thinkers who documented their observations about the moon, and how their discoveries kept changing viewpoints. Other topics focus on the lunar landing, creation theory, why study the moon and moon rocks, and contemporary discoveries and explorations. The main text is supported by boxes of additional facts. Quick facts enhance the text by expanding on the topics. Colorful images, crisp photographs, and interesting diagrams balance and enrich the text; each image is captioned. The author leaves readers with the description of the moon as an exciting place, full of discoveries yet to be seen, and a source of expanding knowledge. Bibliography. Glossary. Table of Contents. Index.
Eileen Wright, Reference Librarian, Montana State University Billings Library, Billings, Montana"

Students will fine Elaine's presentations equally fascinating. For information on her school visits, just visit or contact Balkin Buddies.